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A 41-year-old member asked:

what works to use on sore muscles to make them not so sore?

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Dr. Geoffrey Higgs
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Rest First: Assuming that the sore muscles are a result of exercise, i would recommend the following. First, appropriate rest. Once the pain is resolved a progressive stretching program. Then finally a graduated exercise program that does not cause pain and includes the necessary periods of rest for adequate muscle recovery.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

How do you heal sore muscles?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Time!: Sore muscles, especially those from a hard workout or a new strenuous activity, simply recover on their own. Soreness should resolve within 3-4 days. Hydrating well, applying ice and/or heat for 20 minutes 2-3x/day and resting the muscles until the soreness has significantly reduced should suffice for most. Nsaids like advil or Aleve (naproxen) can be used for a few days to alleviate the soreness.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Is heat or cold better to treat sore muscles?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Cold 1st week: During your first week of injury, cold's better. After your first week, you pick which feels better for you: cold or hot.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Whats good for sore muscles?

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Dr. Karla Groves
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Heat and massage: A warm bath and or heating pad will soothe your strained muscles. Gentle massage will promote healing. Be sure to drink lots of water (up to 64oz a day) to flush toxins away as well.
A 59-year-old member asked:

What to put on sore muscles?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Depends why sore: Muscle can be sore for a variety of reasons. It overuse ice and heat can be used. There are a variety of topical analgesics which you can get over the counter (otc) and by prescription. You first need a correct diagnosis to be certain the muscle soreness is not due to a systemic problem invovling the muscles, like myositis and vasculitis, as these can be serious and need definition.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Do you place a warm or cold compress on sore muscles?

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Dr. David Lemme
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Depends: Cold to decrease pain and swelling, heat to improve flexibility and blood flow to speed healing. Use ice for the first day or two after an acute injury, then heat later.

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